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    What do you experts think about this setup for AP?

    OTA - Orion Sky View Pro 6
    Mount - Vixen GP2 with dual drive
    Tripod - AL150
    Camera - Canon 350D

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    Anybody can comment on this setup?

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    ... um ... I'm not an expert, so I can't comment ... nice rig though ... good luck ...

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    hi FatherGuse,

    Thanks for the response though . Do you have any experience using the Orion SVP 6" reflector for AP use? Not sure whether can use it for Prime
    Focus AP.

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    Hi haimi , Just like father G , I cant comment on the rig you have selected but there should be some reviews and tips on what can be done with it .
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    Hi Haimi

    I can't comment on the scope for AP as I haven't used one, but I can see no reason why it shouldn't perform OK in prime focus.

    The GP2 is a really great little mount, surprisingly sturdy for its size and very smooth in the gears. Should handle that scope admirably

    Again I am not familiar with the tripod. The only Vixen tripods I have or have used are the HAL 110 and the HAL 130 which are both very solid. Absolutely beyond comparison to the cheaper Chinese aluminium tripods

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    Haimi, the only 6" reflector I have used is an old 6" Orion DSE (Deep Space Explorer) that I converted over to a Newtonian ... it's an f/8 and I never used it for AP ...

    ... As Vin and Rich noted/stated ... there is no reason why that rig you mention should not work well ... good scope, good mount, decent camera ... I don't know that tripod, but it it was designed to go with that mount, or to be an upgrade, you should be fine ...

    ... let us know how it works out ....

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    Hi Guys,

    Well firstly .. .thanks for all your precious comments and sharing. They really are valuable. On the OTA, I am hesitating between the Orion 6" f/8 Newtonian or the Orion 6" f/5 Imaging Newtonian. The imaging OTA gives f/5 with wider FOV and shorter tube (more portable) but double the price.

    Which of these two OTA are more suitable for AP?

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    the f/5. although if price is a issue you could settle for the f/8. the f/8 would perform WAY better planetary wise, although i not sure if your interested in that. . . if you are, you could buy the f/8, and then buy a focal reducer.(i'll let some of you experts recommend one).

    P.S. if you decide on the 6" f/5, you could spend less if you get the 8" version which is $300 instead of $400. you might need a better mount then though . . . .

    P.S.S i'm not sure what your budget is, but you could just buy the Orion 8" SkyView Pro, which has the mount with it. ($550)

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    Quote Originally Posted by haimi View Post
    Hi Guys,

    Well firstly .. .thanks for all your precious comments and sharing. They really are valuable. On the OTA, I am hesitating between the Orion 6" f/8 Newtonian or the Orion 6" f/5 Imaging Newtonian. The imaging OTA gives f/5 with wider FOV and shorter tube (more portable) but double the price.

    Which of these two OTA are more suitable for AP?

    Thanks

    For short-exposure photography (moon, planets, bright DSOs), both OTAs will work well.

    As you start wanting to image dimmer objects requiring longer exposures, the f/5 is a better imaging choice, not including price. Nothing wrong with the other, but the f/5 will require shorter exposure times. You don't mention autoguiding, so I assume you're planning unguided exposures, which will mean you are limited to a few minutes max. The f/5 vs f/8 will double the effectiveness of whatever exposure time limit you have - i.e. 2 minutes with the f/5 will be like 4 minutes with the f/8.

    Plan to learn to use an image stacking program (like Maxim, or the shareware Deep Sky Stacker) to add together multiple shorter exposures to get close to the effect of long exposures.

    I would probably go with the f/8 and either bank the extra money for upgrades later, or use it right now for an inexpensive autoguider (like the Orion) and off-axis guider adaptor. The f/8 would be a better planetary scope, and the autoguider would make up for the difference in speeds.

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